China Joins Japan Pushing for Arctic Influence as Ice Cap Melts

China Joins Japan Pushing for Arctic Influence as Ice Cap Melts

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The Arctic has lost thick, multi-year sea ice in the past 12 years. Last September, the amount was less than half the average in 1979-2000, according to a study by researchers from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.